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by | Read by Simon Prebble

Classics • 8 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde endures with its gems of astute observation and cynical wit. The eerie story follows a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in the form of a supernatural portrait. Life's mysterious paradoxes are laced throughout Lord Henry's brilliant aphorisms. Gray is urged by Henry to "love the wonderful life that is in you." The novel's classic qualities are mired in decadence, "art for art's sake," the new hedonism of the Victorian-era upper class, and societal moral corruption. Simon Prebble perfectly achieves Lord Henry's "low, languid voice" and sparkling conversation, while avidly expressing the other characters' more torrid emotions. Prebble brings the fable's gothic horror to life, but the more youthful characters lack believable intonation. A.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2009]

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400109487 $27.99 • Seven CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400159482 $19.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400139484 $55.99 • Seven CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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